Canada Welcomes Youth Mobility Arrangement for Canadian and Taiwanese Youth

(No. 213 - July 6, 2010 - 2:10 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding on Youth Mobility, which came into effect on July 1, 2010. Canadian and Taiwanese youth now have new opportunities to improve their knowledge of each other’s language, culture and society by gaining unique travel, life and work experiences abroad.

“This is a great opportunity for Canadian and Taiwanese youth,” said Minister Cannon. “Canadians can travel and work in Taiwan for up to a year, gaining valuable work and professional development experience. Taiwanese young people can do the same in Canada.

“This arrangement also gives young people an opportunity to enrich their understanding of another culture and allows them to build long-lasting connections spanning the Pacific Ocean.”

The Memorandum of Understanding marks the 22nd such arrangement implemented under Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s International Experience Canada (IEC) initiative. In 2009, 19,000 Canadians took advantage of the IEC initiative to travel and work abroad, while 53,000 international youth came to Canada.

International Experience Canada fosters closer relations between Canada and other countries and territories through exchanges that give young people an understanding of other cultures through travel, life and work experience abroad. This experience enhances participants’ personal and professional development, giving them a competitive edge in the global job market.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada.

For information on how to apply, Canadians may consult Information for Youth Mobility Program Visa. Taiwanese may consult International Experience Canada. A maximum of 200 participants from each territory will be permitted to benefit from this arrangement in 2010.

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